Residents: Cars speeding on their way to Poospatuck Reservation

Mastic residents are complaining about drivers who speed through their neighborhood on their way to the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in search of cheap cigarettes. Peter

MASTIC - Mastic residents are complaining about drivers who speed through their neighborhood on their way to the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in search of cheap cigarettes. Peter and Phyllis Polizzo have lived on Eleanor Avenue for more than 50 years. They say their once tranquil neighborhood has become so congested with traffic that getting out of the driveway has turned into a hazard.Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico says he's pushing to install a light at the entrance to the reservation, but he says attempts at traffic analysis have been repeatedly sabotaged."We put up cameras on the poles, those cameras have been stolen," he says. Many of the people who buy their cigarettes on the reservation say they do so to avoid paying taxes that have become cost-prohibitive.However, that may soon end. A recent court ruling has cleared the way for the state to begin collecting taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations.

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